If Peter Blake hadn't become a successful artist, he claims he would have tried to make it big as a professional wrestler. Since childhood, the Godfather of Pop Art professed a fascination with the sport, stating; 'I loved it immediately. I loved the theatre, the fantasy and the idea of good versus evil.' Blake's first series depicting wrestlers came in 1961, and involved him finding publicity shots in sports magazines and inventing heroic histories for each character.
In this series, which was created for created for his 2015 exhibition, "Portraits and People', Blake has created his own fictional band of wrestlers. To convey the impression his wrestlers are famous, Blake uses celebrity faces to provoke a slight glimmer of recognition in the observer.
Each print combines three of Blake's favourite things; watercolour portraiture, typography, and flags. Ebony Destroyer hails from Turkey.
This signed silkscreen print with glazes is from a limited edition of 75, and is signed by the artist.
Size (cm): 29 x 39
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 50
Size (cm): 29 x 39
Image Size (cm): 20.7 x 29.7
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About the artist
Heralded as the ‘Godfather of Pop Art’, Sir Peter Blake was knighted in 2002 for his invaluable contribution to contemporary art.
Blake began his career creating collages from photographs, cigarette packets and matchboxes. This new approach to the creation of visual art – taking found imagery from Pop culture – was spearheaded in Britain by Blake and continues to inspire contemporary artists today.
Best known for creating the iconic cover to the Beatles’ 1967 album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, Blake continues to produce work that draws extensively on elements from popular cultures around the world.